Deal Wiv It
by Mura Masa (featuring Slowthai)

Album: R.Y.C. (2020)
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  • It was Mura Masa's girlfriend who came up with the idea for a Slowthai collaboration. He recalled to Dazed Digital that they were listening to the Stranglers' "Peaches" when she suddenly said, "Slowthai should do a track like this."

    Mura Masa agreed and booked Slowthai into the studio.
  • The first thing Mura Masa did when Slowhai arrived at the studio was play him "Peaches." "I was encouraging him not to rap, just to sort of shout in this weird diatribe," he recalled. "We did 20 minutes of improv yelling, and he was totally getting into the fiction, affecting different voices."

    Eventually, Mura Masa culled his 20-minute tirade into the three-minute version. Said Masa: "I felt like it had to be a little bite-sized piece of punk instead of this long, arduous thing, but I really want to do a dubplate of the 20-minute version."
  • This won Best Collaboration at the NME Awards 2020 at London's Brixton Academy. After being presented with their prize, Slowhai said: "I just wanna say in a world where we're disconnected by our phones, and we separate ourselves by color and sexuality... I just want unity. It's OK to not be OK, but don't deal with it on your own."

    Slowthai also won the Hero of the Year accolade at the ceremony.

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